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Re: Fw: MORE on Line breeding vs hybridization/wild dogs.

  • Subject: Re: Fw: MORE on Line breeding vs hybridization/wild dogs.
  • From: GeoffAroid@aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2001 23:17:49 -0500 (CDT)

In a message dated 30/6/01 2:12:02 am, ju-bo@email.msn.com writes:

<< Colocasia esculenta was 'made' into over two HUNDRED
(or more???) distinctice forms or cultivars on Hawaii alone in just a few
thousand years, and done  VEGETATIVLY, .................>>

Just to thank you for a fascinating and certainly NOT too long a message. As 
you say, the world abounds with examples in the plant kingdom and others of 
rapid change through selection by man....natural variations not even 
involving gene exchange. Amazing stuff. I cant help thinking of the variation 
in the common Zantedeschia aethiopica from the dwarf "Crowborough" to a clone 
I have which is absolutely enormous and nearly taller than me (5ft 9in)!  
Some clones have flat, open spathes, others tightly rolled and tall spathes, 
mostly, I feel sure, by selection, not breeding but perhaps a Zantedeschia 
specialist could fill us in there.

By the way, we must not forget that there are other perfectly natural canids 
out there apart from the wolf; various hunting dogs in India, Africa etc and 
it seems quite probable that some of these have also have been involved in 
the modern dog lineage. In the same way it is now thought that the modern 
domestic cat has a mixed ancestry involving African spotted cats and European 
wild cats. I think we need an evolution/line breeding forum before this gets 
into mice, parrots, horses, cattle.......!

Best wishes,
Geoffrey Kibby

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